West Winsted, CT: [circa 1875].
Carte-de-visite photograph by K. T. Sheldon, on original mount with printed caption below the image. Approx. 4-1/4x2-1/2 inches. Minor wear Item #364984
On July 12, 1875, William H. Dutcher, age 27, from Poughkeepsie, New York, attempted to break Edward P. Weston's pedestrianism record of walking 500 miles in six days, including 115 miles in a twenty-four hour period. Leaving from Martin's Hall in North Adam's Massachusetts, it was claimed that he had succeeded, reaching the 500-mile mark in five days, 23:25 in front of a packed hall of spectators. Celebrations ensued and Dutcher's fame spread in the region, no doubt prompting the production of the current CDV. But Dutcher's achievement would soon be proved fraudulent, with the timers and judges having been bribed to credit him with miles while he was actually sleeping.
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